Ya Soffie Ceesay Honored at African Heritage Month Celebration


Soffiec Ceesay Awards-3Ya Soffie Ceesay, one of the most positive and dynamic people I have ever known will be among those leaders honored for “their contributions to the African Diaspora following the Annual Proclamation of African Heritage Month by County Executive Ike Leggett” by the Montgomery County’s African Affairs Advisory Group.

Soffie’s work in the Gambian and African committee in Maryland is tremendous. She has been very instrumental in assisting people, especially those underprivileged and needing help from the state or county. She has always done so without fanfare and with utmost professionalism and total confidentiality. We at the Gambian American Association are very grateful for all her work as a member of our Emergency Committee.

Ya Soffie is the prototypical advocate of the people, especially in the areas of education, health and economic empowerment. It is in this vein that I appeal to all Gambians to grace this occasion as one of our own is being honored for her selfless work for the advancement of our community.

From a grateful people, we say Ngache Ngallama! Congratulations! With you on our side, our opportunities and potentials are limitless.

Pasamba Jow-Coach – GAA President

Below is the Program of Schedule for the Diapora Summit

African Heritage Month – September Events 2013
September 2013 Events Calendar – African Heritage Month
————————————————————————————————————————–PROCLAMATION; Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Proclamation Ceremony is the opening event with County, State, Federal Government Officials, and members of the Diplomatic Corps. The event is scheduled from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Silver SpringCivicBuilding; 1 Veterans Plaza, Silver Spring MD.

Gala Celebration: The year 2013 marks the 50th anniversary celebration of the formation of the Organization of African Unity (OAU). It will also be a little more than a decade since the formation of the African Union, which seeks to promote “an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in global arena”. Consequently, the Heads of State declared the year 2013 the Year of Pan-Africanism and the African Renaissance. Montgomery County’s African Affairs Advisory Group will honor leaders from various works of life for their contributions to the African Diaspora following the Annual Proclamation of African Heritage Month by County Executive Ike Leggett.


Contact: Daniel Koroma, 240-777-2584, daniel.koroma@montgomerycountymd.gov 



PANAFEST; Saturday, September 21, 2013

See the attached flyer; VENDORS FOR PANAFEST – Space is limited – First come, first serve!

This is an outdoor event to attract the vibrant and active community in the Downtown Silver Spring-Ellsworth Street restaurant corridor. The festival will include live cultural performances by country representative groups, live performances by African artists, arts & craft exhibits, and a taste of exotic African cuisine.


Vendor Registration Form: http://fs20.formsite.com/Panafest/VenderForm/index.html 


Contact: Email: panafest@accdf.org

Visit: www.panafestusa.net for more information



African Heritage Month

September 2013








  1. Miss Guinee North America Scholarship Pageant

v  The Fillmore Silver Spring

Call 240- 425-3948

2. 3. African Heritage Month Proclamation & Gala

v  Silver Spring Civic Building (5pm – 1am) – Call Daniel Koroma on 240-777-2584


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Montgomery County Council Proclaims African Heritage Month

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African Women’s Cancer Awareness Association (AWCAA)




CALL: 301.565.0420


15. Ethiopian Cultural Festival

v  Silver Spring Veterans Plaza

Call 202-390-5182

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Diaspora Town Hall with President of Sierra Leone


Sierra Leone Embassy in collaboration with the AAAG hosts: His Excellency Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma

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Silver SpringCivicCenter (1pm – 10pm) call Bonie & Ada (410) 428-6402

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